France F3: Leclerc takes first victory in Prema 1-2
Arthur Leclerc took his first victory in FIA Formula 3 in Saturday’s second sprint race, leading a Prema Racing 1-2 at Paul Ricard ahead of teammate Dennis Hauger.
The Monegasque rookie scored his first F3 points for the Italian outfit after starting on reverse grid pole, crossing the finish line ahead of his teammate, who leads the championship standings.
Prema had looked set to take a podium lock-out, with Olli Caldwell in third, before he was overtaken by MP Motorsport’s Victor Martins on the penultimate lap, taking his second consecutive podium of the weekend.
Alpine Academy driver Martins once again stormed through the field at his home race, finishing third having started 11th. In this morning’s race, he took second, having lined up on the grid in tenth.
Trident’s Jack Doohan finished in fifth, while his teammate Clement Novalak finished sixth at his home race.
Arthur Leclerc, Prema Racing
Photo by: Formula Motorsport Ltd
Hitech Grand Prix’s Jak Crawford and MP Motorsport’s Caio Collet both stalled on the starting grid, but managed to get their cars fired up after some time.
Leclerc led into turn 1, with Caldwell emerging behind him in the fight for second, extending that gap to over a second by the second lap.
Elsewhere, Doohan managed to pass Hitech Grand Prix’s Ayuma Iwasa on lap 2 to take fourth, while Collet’s race was over after he was involved in a collision.
By the fifth lap, Doohan had joined the back of the front three in podium battle, running just a second behind third placed Hauger, with Martins just one second behind him.
But two laps later, Martins managed to pass Doohan, while Hauger overtook Caldwell for second place, trailing 1.8s behind leader Leclerc – a lead which he had increased to 2.3s by lap 10.
Carlin’s Ido Cohen was handed a ten-second penalty for causing a collision after he was involved in an incident with HWA Racelab’s Rafael Villagomez – his second penalty of the day after an earlier incident, which also involved Villagomez, gave him a five-second penalty. Cohen later returned to the pits and retired from the race.
Two laps from the end of the race, ART Grand Prix’s Alexander Smolyar, who won this morning’s race, tussled with Hitech Grand Prix’s Ayuma Iwasa and Calan Williams (Jenzer Motorsport) for seventh place, with Smolyar emerging in front. Williams eventually passed Iwasa for eighth on the last lap.
ART Grand Prix’s Frederik Vesti will start on pole in tomorrow’s feature race, with Hauger starting second.
Martins will line up third, with Doohan in fourth and Collet in fifth.
|1||2||Arthur Leclerc||Prema Powerteam||-|
|2||1||Dennis Hauger||Prema Powerteam||4.200||4.200|
|3||17||Victor Martins||MP Motorsport||8.000||8.000|
|4||3||Olli Caldwell||Prema Powerteam||9.300||9.300|
|7||8||Alexander Smolyar||ART Grand Prix||18.000||18.000|
|8||26||Calan Williams||Jenzer Motorsport||20.600||20.600|
|10||7||Frederik Vesti||ART Grand Prix||24.900||24.900|
|12||29||Logan Sargeant||Charouz Racing System||25.800||25.800|
|13||14||Matteo Nannini||HWA AG||25.900||25.900|
|15||21||Lorenzo Colombo||Campos Racing||30.600||30.600|
|16||20||Pierre-Louis Chovet||Campos Racing||30.900||30.900|
|17||9||Juan Manuel Correa||ART Grand Prix||31.400||31.400|
|18||30||Enzo Fittipaldi||Charouz Racing System||31.500||31.500|
|19||19||Tijmen van||MP Motorsport||33.600||33.600|
|21||15||Oliver Rasmussen||HWA AG||36.900||36.900|
|24||22||Amaury Cordeel||Campos Racing||46.200||46.200|
|25||31||Reshad de||Charouz Racing System||52.000||52.000|
|26||27||Johnathan Hoggard||Jenzer Motorsport||56.100||56.100|
|27||16||Rafael Villagómez||HWA AG||58.500||58.500|
|28||28||Filip Ugran||Jenzer Motorsport||1'02.500||1'02.500|
|23||Ido Cohen||Carlin||6 laps|
|18||Caio Collet||MP Motorsport|
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